Bertha “Bert” Maybeth Libershal (nee Jensen) passed away peacefully on April 30, 2021 at the age of 98 years. She was born on December 13. 1922,in Morrill, Nebraska to the late Jens and Ethel Jensen. Preceding her in death are her husband of 69 years, Theodore “Ted” Michael Libershal, her son Thomas “Tom” Alan Libershal and her siblings Frances Simonds, James “Jimmy” Jensen, and Edna Maloy.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Libershal Ostrow, and sons, David “Dave” Libershal and his wife Sharon, Robert “Bob” Libershal, Charles “Chuck” Libershal and his wife Donna, and William “Bill” Libershal and his wife Theresa. Six grandchildren: Dennis Libershal and his wife Courtney, Rocky Arroyo and his wife Aileen Yoo, Carey Libershal Johnson and her husband William “Bill” Johnson, Edward “Ed” Libershal, Benjamin "Ben" Ostrow and Katharine Ostrow. Five great-grandchildren: Hayden Libershal, Gavin Libershal, Mathilda Arroyo, Charles Johnson and Josephine Johnson. She is also survived by her sister Erma Carpenter from Denver, Colorado and her sister-in-law Mary O’ Shea from Lincoln, Nebraska and many other extended family members and friends.
Bert grew up on her family’s farm in Morrill, Nebraska. Her father had immigrated to America from Denmark at 20 years of age. Bert was extremely proud of her Danish heritage and visited Denmark in her travels. She excelled in academics throughout her education. In Junior High she won the county Spelling Bee correctly spelling the word “aluminum”. In her senior year at Liberty High School she earned a one year scholarship to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. She first met Ted in their Chemistry Class and sparks began to fly and a romance soon blossomed. Prior to marriage Bert attended the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nurses in Denver, Colorado. Upon her graduation Bert and Ted were married on May 11, 1946 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. Colorado.
Bert’s life revolved around her family and their needs. She always put her family first. She took a hiatus from nursing to assume her new role as a mother and as an Army wife. Being a strong, organized and independent woman she made the overseas moves to Germany and Taiwan seem so easy. Throughout her life she was so proud of each family member’s accomplishments. Bert had so many good qualities; niceness, kindness, caring, supportive, nonjudgmental, and a very positive attitude. Most of all her radiant smile brightened any room she entered and lifted up the spirits of others. She was content with her journey in life. After her last child was in Junior High she resumed her nursing career at Ft. Howard Veterans Hospital.
Bert was a woman of many interests, hobbies and talents. At nine years of age she learned to sew at the 4H Club and enjoyed sewing clothes for many years. She loved to travel within the United States and internationally. Many times she was joined by her sisters Edna Maloy and/or Erma Carpenter on these fun adventures. She amassed a nice collection of souvenir spoons and lots of photographs to capture the memories. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, attending ceramic classes at Dundalk Community College and volunteering at the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County.
Prior to moving with Ted to Oak Crest Living Retirement Community in June 1999, they had been long time residents on Gray Haven Road in Dundalk. Sadly Ted passed away on August 25, 2015.When her health declined Bert maintained a very positive outlook and was so very thankful that her wish to be cared for in her home surrounded by familiarity and memories was possible. Bert has left a lasting impact on every life she has touched. We will hold her in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bert’s memory to Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County.
The family will celebrate Bertha's life with a receiving of friends on Wednesday May 12, 2021 from 10:00 am-11:00 am at which time a memorial service will be celebrated. Interment Private by family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansfuneralchapel.com
Face mask must be worn during all viewings and services.
Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County